Alfred app was recommending local entertainment and restaurants. After the Latitude closing with a promise of updating google maps with a new better version, Google keeps that road. Alfred is going to tell us goodbye on 19th July. Users are announced through a message which is shown in the application, and they also give a deadline for a data archive of places tagged, which is being 12th July. Alfred app wasn’t planned to leave so soon, but Google is making big decisions lately. It looks like a practice, after buying some apps, they close it. When Alfred was bought from Clever Sense, it was told that it won’t be closed, but…surprise, change of plans!
We have great examples from our source of closed apps after acquisition and I can mention Wavii, Meebo, Jaiku, Slide, and Aardvark. Alfred used to be a simple app, with a search engine of places around you and provided specific recommendations for restaurants, coffee shops, bars and nightclubs. More than that, it was so smart and it could learn from you by suggesting new places based on the placed you have already visited. When it was launched back in 2011, the app attracted the attention of Groupon and this may be one of the reasons why Google wanted to buy it. Alfred was designed to expand both by geographic sphere but also by categories of places included, not just eat and drink. In the end, it was an app suited for US, all those expanding projects remained unfinished, and its last updated was made in may 2012, then left it just to run by itself.
So if you still have nice places you visited and information which you want to keep, then you must hurry up because the gates are about to be closed on 12th July. Alfred app will be officially closed on 19th July and we hopefuly Google will come with another app offering same type of info but with many improvements.